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Write shorter.

Liked Your Writing Can Go Viral Regularly with Only 200 Words by Tim Denning (Medium)

Telling a story in only 200 words is an art.
Nicolas Cole calls it ‘the rate of revelation,’ a term I’d never heard. Most of my 200 word stories start out as longer pieces. The editing process is where I ruthlessly edit the story or thought down to 200 words or less. People appreciate that editing.

For blogging and non-fiction writing, try writing shorter rather than longer.

I tend to feel like anything less than 400 or 500 words isn’t enough of an idea, and usually tend towards longer.

Like this mind garden, I should be less precious about what I write. Try out writing short. My brain loves tweet length content anyway.

Seth Godin’s latest book is literally a collection of mini essays. And this rando guy apparently makes good money writing content I would worry was too short.

I enjoy editing, but don’t usually do much for online content besides cleaning up repeated words and places I repeated myself. I tend to edit as I blog, though, so maybe I do more than I realize.

Something to consider, especially for the newsletter project I’m toying with for next year.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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